Stay in Central London Near Viewpoints and Observatories

Where to stay in London for the best views? This will all depend on the kind of view you’re hoping to enjoy. London’s urban landscapes take in aerial views, nature spots, and buzzing commercial districts. Staying with us at the Central Park Hotel Bayswater makes it easy to visit the following viewpoints in London.

London Eye: Best panoramic view in London

This famous Ferris wheel is as iconic as Buckingham Palace and Oxford Street London! Located on the South Bank, the London Eye grants a view of the Thames, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Tower Bridge. These historic sights are emblematic of the city and the covered capsules are perfect come rain or shine. 

Getting there from Central Park Hotel Bayswater: Circle Line from Bayswater to Waterloo.

Sky Garden: Best bird’s eye view in London

The Sky Garden is an indoor botanical garden and outdoor viewing platform at the top of the “Walkie Talkie” building in the City of London. Views sweep over Tower Bridge, The Shard, The Gherkin, and toward the West End. It’s free to visit the garden but advanced booking is required. 

Getting there from Central Park Hotel Bayswater: Central Line from Queensway to Bank.

Primrose Hill: Best sunset view in London

Primrose Hill marks the northern end of Regent’s Park. It’s a neighbourhood and park with an incredible view of the city afforded from the hill summit. Primrose Hill is loveliest at sunrise and sunset and is a popular destination for couples, families, and local residents. 

Getting there from Central Park Hotel Bayswater: Bus 274 from outside Lancaster Gate Underground Station. Or, a one-hour walk through Little Venice and Regent’s Park.

Alto by San Carlo: Best restaurant with a view in London 

Located on the rooftop of Selfridges Oxford Street, London, Alto offers a thrilling view of the city’s vibrant shopping district. The restaurant serves seasonal Italian cuisine and cocktails under a canopy of lemon trees or festive illuminations subject to the time of year. 

Getting there from Central Park Hotel Bayswater: Central Line from Queensway to Bond Street. 

Highest viewpoint in London: Horizon 22

Horizon 22 on Bishopsgate offers the tallest public observatory in London. It stands at a dizzying 254 metres above ground – higher than The View from The Shard at 244 metres. On a clear day, you can see the arch of Wembley Stadium. As with Sky Garden, advance reservation is required but admission is free. 

Note that The View from The Shard has been trumped by Horizon 22 as the tallest observation deck but the older skyscraper retains its place as the highest building in London.

Getting there from Central Park Hotel Bayswater: Central Line from Queensway to Liverpool Street.

Westminster Bridge: Best riverside view in London 

Cross over Westminster Bridge at dusk and earn an incredible view of the Houses of Parliament from the South Bank of the Thames. The embankment lets you take in the landmark at eye level and is a popular sunset spot for amateur photographers. 

Getting there from Central Park Hotel Bayswater: Circle Line from Bayswater to Westminster. Or, a one-hour walk through Hyde Park and St James’s Park.

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